chapter  4
The Nature of Scientific Methods
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All persons-whether laymen or scientists-acquire knowledge about the world through experience with phenomena. However, the way the layman acquires the experience differs from the way the scientist acquires it. The phrase the scientific method is used fairly often to characterize the unique activities of scientists. However, textbooks usually assert that there is no such thing as the scientific method. Instead, these books point out, there are many scientific methods.